Advice for Girls

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Guy Talk: Q & A

A guy talk Q&A session from a teen to teens. Why do guys have the mentality of a little boy? Most girls complain that guys cannot be mature about certain things, and in some cases guys begin to physically mature at an older age. According to Education.com, “… a young woman reaches full maturity, in terms… Read more

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Become a Time Management Guru

Life can be pretty hectic at times, especially as you get older and take on more responsibilities. However, there are some commitments and responsibilities that are more important than others. In order to be successful in whatever it is you are doing in life, whether it is getting through middle school, high school, college or… Read more

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Advice: A Familia without Drama

1. My mom and I fight constantly. She rarely lets me go out and I get good grades and don’t get into trouble, but she still doesn’t trust me. What should I do so I can have more freedom? Set a time to talk through it with her.  Ask her what you can do to… Read more

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Problems Solved

Question: I don’t like smoking, but all my friends do. They are always buggin’ me to join them and smoke. I think it is gross. But they won’t shut up about it. What should I do? Answer: You are smart for not wanting to smoke despite the pressure. I think you should stand to your… Read more

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Friendship Advice: Fitting In

Relationships can be hard especially with someone you really care for, or if the person you’ve known for a while is having trouble, or even if you’re trying to start a new one. Just remember that trust and communication can make or break any bond whether it be in the beginning or end of a friendship…. Read more

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Bully Free Tips

In many school hallways across the country, children and teens are being bullied. Kids are spreading rumors, making fun of other students’ religion, teasing someone for how they look, hurting others because they have a different cultural background, picking on them because they are homosexual or sending harassing messages online.  About 77 percent, students are… Read more

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Preguntale a Julianna: Friendships

Dear Julianna, People make fun of me sometimes because I try to do well in school. I want to succeed in life and buy nice things for my parents when I’m older. I’m only trying to make my life better. What can I do when I get teased about making good grades? Dear Friend, It… Read more

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Advice: Ask Alexis

Dear Latinitas, For the past few weeks, my best friend and I haven’t really been talking. We treat each other as if we don’t know each other. I want our friendship to go back to what it was. What can I do? Dear Friend, I have been in your same situation. One of the best… Read more

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Preguntale a Julianna: Advice About Boys

Question: There is this boy I really like at school. I want to tell him I like him, but I’m scared he might not like me. What do I do? Advice: How will the boy ever know how you feel about him if you don’t tell him? Don’t be afraid of what the answer may be…. Read more

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What Makes A Good Friend?

Latinitas share their thoughts about what makes a good friend. My best friend is a good friend because she listens, and is nice. It is important to have a good friendship, so you can have someone to talk to. I’m a good friend because I’m positive, nice, trustworthy, expressive, a good listener, smart, and more… Read more

Dealing for Girls

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Parents in the Military

More and more children are missing out on the get togethers with loved ones due to the increasing amount of individuals leaving to the military. Angie Vasquez, 5, sits alone during the lunch hour due to her definition of feeling “left out.” She says, “I feel like so many other girls have so much. They… Read more

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Dealing with Death

Coping with the loss of a loved one can be tough. To some, death often comes at a moment when they are unprepared for the person’s absence or an emotional crisis. It takes weeks, months, and sometimes years to realize that their best friend, mother, classmate or sister is truly gone.  Death is inevitable, but… Read more

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Young Latinas are driven to be successful in social and professional situations. As strong chicas, little will get in the way of growing girls with determination and support on their side – so she can reach out and knock down life’s obstacles. There are some niñas out there who will find the reaching out part… Read more

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Dealing with Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer has replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death among U.S. Hispanics. But no one can predict that they will have cancer – especially when it happens to their parents. It never is good to see a loved one hurt, but there are many things you can… Read more

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Take a Stand Against Mean Girls

One day at school you find out that a mean and ugly rumor is being spread around about you. You know it’s not true, but no one believes you.You don’t know how to deal with it and you feel that everyone has turned on you even your closest friends. Unfortunately, for many girls this is… Read more

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4 Warning Signs of a Toxic Friend

We believe that friends have our backs and that friendships will remain strong. In some instances, not everyone that we befriend is right for us. These type of friends are often referred to as toxic friends. Toxic friends tend to have their own agenda and cause emotional pain. Luckily, toxic friends are easy to spot. These… Read more

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No Name Calling

Bullying stops here. February  marks the month for the awareness of anti-bullying. As advertising and stories surface to stand against bullying, Latinitas Magazine, too, will take a stand. In the halls of any school in America, you will find the issue of bullying. However academically challenging the school may be, bullying is an issue and… Read more

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School Stress

Tests can be a stressful time for students. Time management, getting enough sleep, joining study groups and eating healthy are a few things students should pay close attention to before tests. Here are a few more tips to help you ace the test. It is always best to ask for help if there are subjects… Read more

Facing Reality

Corina Perez is a senior at a Central Texas high school. Currently, she is the baby of the family and is very motivated to pursue her goals, but is also nervous about leaving her friends. Her favorite character is Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. She works in a jewelry store part-time. Are you ready to… Read more

Holiday Blues Got You Too?

For those of us who can’t make it home this holiday season, it might just feel a little lonely. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many reasons why we sometimes feel like we’ve got a bad case of the holiday blues, but many others why being alone during the holidays can… Read more

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Valentine’s Day: Friends Forever

The typical way to celebrate ‘V-Day’ is getting together with that one boy and watching a classic “chick flick” like The Notebook or The Vow, and buying an expensive dinner for the two of you that you secretly know you don’t like. What about when you don’t have a special boy and just want to… Read more

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My Best Friend, My Mom

A mom is considered a blessing. Moms learn to love their child with a love that cannot be compared to anything, because this type of love is the type that will do anything for that little person. Part of her heart already belongs to you, but is already scared. She is terrified of someone hurting you,… Read more

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You Are Beautiful

“My hips are huge!” Karen from the movie Mean Girls exclaims. “Oh please. I hate my calves,” Gretchen replies. “At least you guys can wear halters. I’ve got man shoulders,” Regina tells her reflection. Scenes like these, though exaggerated, are happening in our very homes. Girls of all ages, starting as young as four-years-old, are being taught… Read more

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Advice to Love Your Body

We asked our readers what tips they have to help other Latinitas love and appreciate their own beauty. Here are their top tips to love your body. Everybody is beautiful and awesome in their own way. Don’t feel bad about yourself. Everybody is beautiful and awesome in their own way. Exercise and eat better. This… Read more

Is Feminism Still Alive?

“Men underestimate women,” claims high school senior Jessica Gallardo. “Some women are mentally strong. We can overpower anyone,” she adds. Gallardo is one of many teens that believe that women are capable of doing anything they set their mind to. It’s been almost 40 years since the Women’s Liberation Movement occurred in the 1960’s and… Read more

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How to Stop Bullying

What is Bullying? Some young people are bullied because they are different in some way. Perhaps, it is the color of their skin, the way they talk, their size, or their name. Well, as you might know, bullying is occurring all around you. Not only is bullying physical, but it is mental and verbal as… Read more

Women Making History

When this country was founded, women had no rights. They were not educated and considered property to men. They were not allowed to vote or take part in politics. If they worked, they had little control over the money they earned. Women were completely dependent on men and confined by double standards. Since then, women… Read more

Intern for Success

Instead of looking for the typical part-time job at retail stores, restaurants and ice-cream parlors, think about an internship. An internship is a job in which a student works, often without pay, in order to gain hands-on experience in a field they are interested in. Internships are mostly reserved for college students, but more opportunities… Read more

Shattered Dreams

Graduating from college is many people’s dream. However, Janean Esparza*, a Radio Television and Film senior at a University in Texas, will not be fulfilling her dreams. Like many undocumented immigrant youth living in the U.S., Janean has been dreaming of the passage of the “Dream Act,” a bill which would provide a pathway to… Read more

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We came here from Mexico To look for Freedom We crossed the border with Scratches And scrapes Burns And blisters Everyone seemed nice Everyone was friendly Everything was fine The govenor changed The law Now we’re like prisoners Stuck in our homes Scared to come out We’re like turtles Stuck in our shells We work… Read more

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Stop Following and Start Leading

Be a community leader. Stop following and start leading. It’s cool to donate your change to charity, but how about creating change? See a need in your community and address it. Don’t ignore the graffiti and litter, don’t complain about it either. Stand up and do something about it. Community service is power. Power to… Read more

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Can a Latina be a Feminist?

The “F” word: feminist; Katy Perry doesn’t want it and neither does Taylor Swift. But what about artists like Shakira and Jennifer Lopez? Why doesn’t the Latino community discuss feminism, or question our role models about feminism? We are a community built by strong women. We all know them: our abuelas, our moms, sisters, and… Read more

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Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

Recycling has gained an international momentum. With this new change of pace, active steps are being taken in different states and countries to ensure mother nature is plastic bag free. Using reusable bags is not only chic, it helps the environment. Plastic Bag Tax across the globe In 2002, Ireland implemented what they called a PlasTax,… Read more

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5 Ways to Volunteer

Volunteering is a rewarding experience. The memories you make as a volunteer will last a lifetime. One of the best benefits that is obtained from volunteering is the fact that you have made an impact on someone’s life!  Here are five fun ways you can get started in helping make a difference in your community… Read more

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Teen Tackles Childhood Obesity

Recently, Angela had the opportunity to attend the National Summit of Childhood Obesity. Angela, age seventeen, is a leader at the Boys and Girls Club in Nevada and has been part of the organization for four years. She is in the Triple Play Sports Leadership Club, the Keystone Club and she works as a leader… Read more

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Five Ways to Help Homeless Pets

Do you have a passion for helping animals?  Here are five ways you can help our homeless furry friends! According to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), five to seven million homeless pets enter animal shelters in our country every year where four million are euthanized, or put to sleep.  Sadly, the majority of destroyed… Read more

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7 Steps to Get Involved

1. Pursue Your Interests If you’re doing something that you love, it shows. Not only will you feel better about yourself but you will give more effort and more time. If you’re a soccer chica, you love kids or you’re interested in art there is most likely an organization for you. Chances are you will… Read more

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On the Job Hunt

After a long day of high school, with all the homework and the teachers and the gossip, who has time for a job? Is it not enough to have to worry about all of those things without adding on the stresses of working afterschool at the local burger joint? Despite the many issues the average… Read more

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Keeping it Green: 8 New Ways to Help the Planet

What’s wrong with our planet? The Earth’s many ecosystems are in a bind right now. People are crowding out animal and plant populations, using up the energy resources, over-fishing the seas, and throwing trash everywhere! It has been slowly destroying animal and plant habitats for centuries and polluting the air, land, water, and soil. If… Read more

True Stories for Girls

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Living with Lupus

At age 13, Gabby Castillo sits down once a month with people double, triple her age that are going through what she is going through. She drives with her mother one Saturday of the month from her hometown in Lockhart, Texas to San Antonio to discuss her struggle with Lupus with other members of the… Read more

Living With Diabetes

Danielle, age 17, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was three years old. “I felt scared and did not know what to think. I was not aware of what it meant to be diabetic, but I had a feeling I was going to have it for a long time…” she said. Although she… Read more

Gaining Acceptance

Acceptance….It is a simple word to understand, but hard to gain. Despite the progress our society has made in recognizing people from various diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, a group that still struggles for acceptance is homosexuals. As homosexuality is growing within our community, it is still difficult for young Latina lesbians to go around the… Read more

I Was Adopted

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be adopted? Have you ever wondered how you might react to the news? Would you be angry, sad, happy or confused? Most adopted parents fear the reaction to the news, “You are adopted.” Elisa Cruz Torres, 18, was only 4 years old when she learned… Read more

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